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. >> reporter: say the word tabloid here in britain, and people think of "the news of the world." nothing would stop it in pursuit of a sensational headline. not human decency, not even breaking the law. >> we've always had in britain a vivid tabloid culture. irreverent. but in the last two to three decades, that has descended beyond the gutter into the sewer. and that has happened at the same time as mr. rupert murdoch entered the british newspaper market. mr. murdoch, in my view, has debased and debotched british public life. >> forgive the individual by all means. but you can't forget it. >> reporter: that is media tycoon rupert murdoch. he bought the legendary london tabloid 42 years ago, and with its staggering profits, built a global media empire. in the u.s., murdoch owns fox news, "the wall street journal," "the new york post" and a lot more. he is even bigger here in britain, where he owns a major tv network and almost 40% of the newspapers sold, including "the news of the world." this week, that paper found itself at the center of a scandal so big, so rotten, that despite its massive
become britain's answer to watergate. but this time, the bad guys are the newspaper men and women. hacking the phones not just of princes of the realm but also a 13-year-old murder victim, just to get a scoop. they allegedly did it with the help of corrupt police officers on the company payroll. already britain's top two policemen have resigned. now, the prime minister is in the cross hairs. david cameron is on the hot seat tomorrow. but today the focus was on the patriarch and his younger son, james. >> james and i would like to say how sorry we are for what has happened. >> reporter: both expressed regret. >> invading people's privacy by listening to their voicemail is wrong. paying police e ficers for information is wrong. >> it's a matter of great regret of mine, my father's and everyone at news corp. ration. >> reporter: they blamed news executives and reporters lower down the corp rate food chain. >> the people that i trusted to run it and then maybe the people they trusted. >> reporter: among murdoch's most trusted employees, his own children, who ran multimillion dollar ch
. fox news. "the wall street journal." 200 newspapers around the world. here in britain, he dominates the media landscape. but this has been a bruising week for rupert murdoch. >> there is a firestorm that's engulfing parts of the media, parts of the police, and, indeed, our political system's ability to respond. >> reporter: it's been one stunning revelation after another. murdoch's headline hungry reporters allegedly hacking cell phones of murdered children. victims of terror attacks. even bribing the queen's security officers. and this, allegations that reporters hacked the voice mails of 9/11 victims in new york. prompting calls today for a justice department inquiry. >> it would be, you know, in my mind, probably the most invasive and perverse use of a victim's information in the final moments of their lives. >> reporter: none of this is a surprise to actor hugh grant, a long-time target of the tabloid. today, he talked with "nightline" about how he waged his own covert operation and turned the tables on the tabloids. when did you first get a sense that they were listening in on
of religion in britain. it's growing. some say there's a quarter of a million follower. so many that british police issued guidelines for officers should they stumpble upon something like this. >> some ceremonies inclaude a blindfolded naked partitipant whose hands may be bound. this is in accordance with ritual and has the full consent of the participant. does that happen? >> that relates to one particular ritual which you could find in some groups. it's an initiation rite is what it is. they're going through a death into a rebirth. >> reporter: simon was reborn 11 years ago. his wife used to be involved too. but they've got a kid now and sometimes it's hard to find a sitter. this is a large, large part of your life. >> yes. >> i ask that i may receive the blessing of the element of water. >> reporter: okay so what is paganism? well, it's prechristian. basically, it's the worship of the land, animals, spirits and ancient gods. >> more and more people are getting involved in it. >> reporter: why? >> i think because it gives them something back which modern day society doesn't give you. >> th
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can trace back to may 8th, 1945, when the guns fell silent across europe. britain, the victor, was exhausted by war. west germany, the vanquished, rose again, phoenix like, terminator like. and, in the 1960s, with the advent of cheap vacacion packages to sunny spain, thehe o sides met again. they met pool side. battle recommenced over the seemingly innocuous lounge chair. >> the germans were getting up very early in the morning, 6:00 sometimes, prebreakfast, laying down their towels, reserving territory. >> reporter: now, 40 years later, look closely. they aren't all germans claiming territory. trust me, i can spot them from a distance. there are brits there, too. these days, brits returning from a night of drinking, dancing and ill considered coupling, will reserve their morning lounge chairs before they even stumble into bed. there's talk of brits sneering german towels with honey to attract insects. a brit sued his travel agent because his hotel was full of germans. he won $1,000 compensation. >> we've become more german than the german. >> reporter: but now, for the brits,
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